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Beam there, done that: thanks and farewell, Helen Maynard-Casely – Real Scientists

Beam there, done that: thanks and farewell, Helen Maynard-Casely

Our thanks to Dr Helen Maynard-Casely of the Australian Synchrotron for a brilliant week of curation here at RealScientists. Excitement, despair, ennui, frustration and elation… and that was just one late-night run on the beamline. All worth it when some Brand New Never Discovered Science comes off, which is the reason any of us who’ve ever picked up a pipette, dropped a test tube, sworn at a instrument printout or pressed GO on the big shiny control panel do it for: that moment of unmatched beauty and clarity when the data comes together and speaks to you of new findings, new possibilities, new worlds. Or even what those worlds might be made of.


If only we all could…

For those who missed any of Helen’s Synchrotronic tweetage, catch up via Storify: http://storify.com/RealScientists/real-scientists-dr-helen-maynard-casely-aka-dr-hel (again, thanks to ScienceSarah)

Just a reminder that after this week you can keep following Helen at @Dr_HelenMC, and the Australian Synchrotron at @ausynch. And why wouldn’t you. Seriously. Get onto it.


James is a recovering scientist and escaped postdoc who works in research management at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He's now retired from active @RealScientists duty, after serving from the project's beginnings in 2013 through to mid 2015. When not managing research, surviving #PlanetParenthood or pretending not to be an expat Australian in the Deep South of NZ, he tweets @theotherdrsmith.

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